Dance Bars to Reopen Supreme Court Puts Ban on Hold

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New Delhi The controversial law banning dance bars in Maharashtra, which provided employment to thousands of women, was put on hold by the Supreme Court today.

The court said the Maharashtra police will ensure that dignity of women was not affected by the dance performance.

However, the court did give power to licensing authorities to regulate indecent dance performances. It said that the state must ensure that the dignity of women artists is protected.

The apex court had, in 2009, struck down a similar law saying that banning dance performances was unconstitutional. After that, the state government passed another law in 2014 with similar provisions.

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